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Neither Google nor Motorola have confirmed the possible upcoming layoffs

Google has finally closed its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, with China approving the deal just this past weekend.
Motorola is in a pretty tough spot right now. Earlier this month, the company reported a fifth straight quarter of losses, which included a net loss of $86 million USD for Q1 2012. In previous consecutive quarters, Motorola reported net losses in the low $80 million area. Motorola is having a hard time likely because of its inability to keep up with other Android-powered phonemakers like Samsung and HTC.

"I'm excited to announce today that our Motorola Mobility deal has closed," said Larry Page, Google CEO. "Motorola is a great American tech company that has driven the mobile revolution, with a track record of over 80 years of innovation, including the creation of the first cell phone. We all remember Motorola's StarTAC, which at the time seemed tiny and showed the real potential of these devices. As the company who made a big, early bet on Android, Motorola has become an incredibly valuable partner to Google."

Google also announced today that Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha has stepped down and Google executive Dennis Woodside will take over.

However, the deal closing may also mean layoffs for other Motorola Mobility employees in the near future. According to Tech Crunch, layoffs could be on the list of things to do after the deal closes.

But Motorola has already gone through restructuring since the announcement of the Google acquisition last year. When the announcement went public, Motorola had 19,000 employees. In fall 2011, about 800 employees were laid off.

Neither Google nor Motorola have confirmed the possible upcoming layoffs, but Tech Crunch noted that Google had previously ordered a 40 percent cut of DoubleClick staff when it acquired the company and its 1,600 employees. This could be a similar situation.

Source: Tech Crunch

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RE: Decoding the words of Larry
By nolisi on 5/22/2012 3:33:12 PM , Rating: 5
Ever heard of a "biased opinion"? An opinion itself can contain bias or it could be completely self formed. I can draw the picture of bias for you if you need, he supplies all the elements in his commentary:

Thanks to Apple's iPhone!

Actually, not really. Windows Mobile and Blackberry basically did all the same things that the iPhone did at its introduction (if not more) for years prior. Apple only provided a nice exterior, a new interface, and a centralized point of purchase for stuff. I could get new apps on a Windows Mobile phone, the only difference is that Microsoft wasn't pocketing part of the proceeds through a centralized purchase point. This was about the only thing novel about the iPhone, and it is a good and profitable idea, but not a new one. Other than that, they leveraged Google heavily (Maps, Search, YouTube) for the magic that was the iPhone.

So already, he's laid out his favoritism towards the iPhone.

If you use Android, Google will know everything you buy. Ever!

Wow, incredible. He completely ignores Apples push to centralize all purchases through various Apple provided apps (hell you don't even have a choice browsers) and only accuses Google of recording information.

And finally:

Google, which loves to claim it stands for freedom and openness, so much so that it withdrew from China,

Completely ignoring the fact that Google was under attack from the government and at one point during the conflict, opened up Google search completely. It was the Chinese goverment that censored them and ultimately forced Google out.

Now carefully read this next part before you respond- you have a habit of ignoring what people say in your responses and arguing things people never said.

I'm not saying Google doesn't have points of not being open.

I'm not saying Google doesn't record info.

But I'm going to point out the fact that on Android, I do have a choice of browsers and application sources without breaking the device. That's a hell of a lot more open than Apple. And sticking Google with the stigma of recording user info in your opinion while failing to mention Apples is either stupidity or bias. Given the preceding facts that anyone paying attention to the smartphone "wars" should be aware of, I think I can safely conclude bias.

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